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  • View the largest ever collection of artworks by Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum’s landmark 2023 exhibition, including important international loans

  • Learn about the artist’s life and work in the charming canal-lined town of Delft, his birthplace and home

  • Discover a wealth of art by other Dutch masters in the famous collections of Amsterdam, Leiden and The Hague

“Rupert was an excellent Tour Director. Really knowledgeable and interesting”

“Rupert’s lectures were outstanding… I learnt a great deal from them”

- ACE customers on a previous tour with Rupert Dickens

In spring 2023, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition dedicated to the work of the 17th century master Johannes Vermeer will be staged at Amsterdam’s world-famous Rijksmuseum. ACE is delighted to be offering a special tour, centred upon a visit to the Rijksmuseum and focusing on Vermeer’s life and oeuvre, but also taking in important collections of works by the Dutch masters held elsewhere in the Netherlands.


Vermeer (1632–1675) is cherished for his gentle, evocative and highly skilled depictions of daily life; scenes characterised by their serenity, detail and beautiful use of light. He was born, lived and worked in Delft, and our tour will be based in this picturesque and little-changed Dutch town with its canal-lined streets.


In Delft, we will follow in the artist’s footsteps on a historical walking tour, and also enjoy a visit to the Prinsenhof Museum, which will stage a special exhibition on Vermeer’s Delft to coincide with the celebration of his output at the Rijksmuseum. The Delft exhibition will explore the cultural and historical context in which the artist worked, and display pieces by his contemporaries as well as examples of the famous pottery for which the town is also known.


For art historians and art lovers, the rare opportunity to see paintings by Vermeer including The Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Geographer, Woman Holding a Balance and Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window displayed together in Amsterdam is not to be missed, and will provide unparalleled insights into the painter’s artistry and creative process. Significant new research has been undertaken on the paintings in preparation for the exhibition.


Featuring loans from collections around the world – including the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden – this landmark exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Mauritshuis in The Hague, will be the largest gathering of works by Vermeer ever held, and one that is unlikely to be repeated, due to the fragility of the paintings.


Whilst in Amsterdam, we will also take in further highlights of the Rijksmuseum’s collection, as well as the nearby Van Gogh Museum, another jewel in the city’s art historical crown.


Towards the end of our tour we will explore another great repository of 17th century Dutch art: the grand Mauritshuis in The Hague; and make an excursion to Leiden, home to the newly restored Lakenhal Museum, which reopened in 2019 following a three-year renovation. This saw the 17th century façade of the building (formerly the Cloth Hall) restored to its original appearance. Highlights from the collection include A Peddler Selling Spectacles, one of Rembrandt’s earliest known works, and The Last Judgment by Lucas van Leyden.


We will stay throughout at the four-star Hampshire Hotel Delft Centre, located between the historical city centre and the Delftse Hout recreation area.


This tour will be led by Rupert Dickens, MA, an art historian specialising in Dutch and Flemish art. Rupert studied art history at Birkbeck, University of London, before gaining a Masters degree in Dutch Golden Age Studies at UCL. Previously a BBC television and radio journalist for more than 20 years, Rupert is now a guide lecturer at the Wallace Collection and an accredited Arts Society lecturer. He has been visiting and working in the Netherlands and Belgium since the 1980s, and looks forward to accompanying an ACE group on an exploration of the art of the Netherlands on the occasion of this important exhibition.

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Included: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, four breakfasts, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £250.

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